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Simplify Ajax development with jQuery: Discover how easy Ajax and DOM scripting can be
The Java XPath API: Querying XML from Java programs
XPath expressions are much easier to write than detailed Document Object Model (DOM) navigation code. When you need to extract information from an XML document, the quickest and simplest way is to embed an XPath expression inside your Java™ program. Java 5 introduces the javax.xml.xpath package, an XML object-model independent library for querying documents with XPath.
A simple SOAP client: A general-purpose Java SOAP client
This article describes a simple, general purpose SOAP client in Java that uses no specialized SOAP libraries. Instead of creating the SOAP request XML document for you under the hood, this client lets you create your own request with any XML editor (or text editor). Instead of merely giving you the remote method's return values, the client shows you the actual SOAP response XML document. The short Java program shows exactly what SOAP is all about: opening up an HTTP connection, sending the appropriate XML to invoke a remote method, and then reading the XML response returned by the server.
Tip: Convert Excel data to XML: Extract data from the popular spreadsheet program
Believe it or not, not every document is originally written in XML. In this tip, Benoit Marchal explains how to unlock data from Excel files to process them in XML, and examines the pros and cons of different solutions.
The 15-minute PHP-with-XML starter: Learn how PHP5 vastly improves your work with XML in PHP
This first article of a three-part series introduces PHP5's XML implementation and helps those relatively new to using XML with PHP to read, parse, and manipulate, and write a short and uncomplicated XML file using the DOM and SimpleXML in a PHP environment.
Create dynamic Firefox
user interfaces: Build an RSS reader that downloads data using Ajax and then creates XUL elements dynamically using XSLT
Mashups: The new breed of Web app: An introduction to mashups
Mashups are an exciting genre of interactive Web applications that draw upon content retrieved from external data sources to create entirely new and innovative services. They are a hallmark of the second generation of Web applications informally known as Web 2.0. This introductory article explores what it means to be a mashup, the different classes of popular mashups constructed today, and the enabling technologies that mashup developers leverage to create their applications. Additionally, you'll see many of the emerging technical and social challenges that mashup developers face.
Rich Ajax slide shows with DHTML and XML: Create dynamic HTML effects using Ajax
Ajax and XML: Ajax for forms: Use Ajax techniques to create input forms
PHP and RSS: Getting it together
RSS Syndication is virtually ubiquitous these days, so it's imperative that a PHP developer at least understand RSS and how it works. This article explains the basics of RSS, some of its many uses, how to use PHP to create an RSS feed from a database, and how to use the XML_RSS module to read an existing RSS feed and translate it into HTML.